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The tourism industry in Morocco - statistics & facts

Morocco is one of the leading destinations for international tourists traveling to Africa. In 2019, international tourism made up 47 percent of the total tourism in Africa. In recent years, the number of tourists arriving in the country has been increasing. While numbers were definitely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, six million inbound tourists were still estimated to have arrived in the country in 2021. Moroccan residents alone accounted for 46 percent of arrivals as of 2019.
In terms of places from which people accessed the Moroccan territory the most, Europe was the main region, accounting for over 5.4 million arrivals in 2019. Possibly due to the comparatively high influx of tourists in Morocco, close to 5.8 thousand businesses in the country operated in the tourism industry.

Income and expenditure

In 2020, the share of tourist spending in Morocco was highest among international visitors, at 62 percent, while domestic tourist expenditure reached 38 percent of total expenses. These expenditures were mainly for the purpose of leisure. Furthermore, receipts from inbound tourists in the country are projected to reach approximately nine million U.S. dollars by 2025.
Overall, tourism in Morocco was estimated to make an absolute economic contribution of around eight billion U.S. dollars in 2021, expected to rise to roughly 18 billion U.S. dollars by 2025.

Employment

The tourism industry in Morocco employed 565 thousand people as of 2019. This represented five percent of the total employment in the country. The number of travel agencies in Morocco has been on the rise, catering for touristic activities carried out by people in the country. Consequently, these agencies employed nearly 25 thousand workers, while over 123 thousand people were employed in retail trade for tourism goods. It is expected that Marrakesh, one of Morocco's most important tourist cities, will account for a greater share of the total employment in the country by 2026.

Hotels and accommodation

Concurrent to the influx of tourists in Morocco, the provision of hotels and accommodation services in the country increased, reaching nearly 4.23 thousand as of 2019. The occupancy rate of rooms in hotels and similar establishments in the North African country stood at 48 percent in the same year. Specifically, the country registered a tourist accommodation bed capacity of over 270 thousand in 2020. Hotel guests stayed 3.1 nights on average.

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The tourism industry in Morocco - statistics & facts

Morocco is one of the leading destinations for international tourists traveling to Africa. In 2019, international tourism made up 47 percent of the total tourism in Africa. In recent years, the number of tourists arriving in the country has been increasing. While numbers were definitely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, six million inbound tourists were still estimated to have arrived in the country in 2021. Moroccan residents alone accounted for 46 percent of arrivals as of 2019.
In terms of places from which people accessed the Moroccan territory the most, Europe was the main region, accounting for over 5.4 million arrivals in 2019. Possibly due to the comparatively high influx of tourists in Morocco, close to 5.8 thousand businesses in the country operated in the tourism industry.

Income and expenditure

In 2020, the share of tourist spending in Morocco was highest among international visitors, at 62 percent, while domestic tourist expenditure reached 38 percent of total expenses. These expenditures were mainly for the purpose of leisure. Furthermore, receipts from inbound tourists in the country are projected to reach approximately nine million U.S. dollars by 2025.
Overall, tourism in Morocco was estimated to make an absolute economic contribution of around eight billion U.S. dollars in 2021, expected to rise to roughly 18 billion U.S. dollars by 2025.

Employment

The tourism industry in Morocco employed 565 thousand people as of 2019. This represented five percent of the total employment in the country. The number of travel agencies in Morocco has been on the rise, catering for touristic activities carried out by people in the country. Consequently, these agencies employed nearly 25 thousand workers, while over 123 thousand people were employed in retail trade for tourism goods. It is expected that Marrakesh, one of Morocco's most important tourist cities, will account for a greater share of the total employment in the country by 2026.

Hotels and accommodation

Concurrent to the influx of tourists in Morocco, the provision of hotels and accommodation services in the country increased, reaching nearly 4.23 thousand as of 2019. The occupancy rate of rooms in hotels and similar establishments in the North African country stood at 48 percent in the same year. Specifically, the country registered a tourist accommodation bed capacity of over 270 thousand in 2020. Hotel guests stayed 3.1 nights on average.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 33 most important statistics relating to "Tourism industry in Morocco".

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